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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. SF Weekly's DRINK Party: This city loves its booze, and SF Weekly is celebrating that fact with its first-ever drinking bash, benefiting the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail and the United States Bartender's Guild. Magnolia, St. George Spirits, Cask, 21st Amendment, Toronado, The Wine Club, and Distillery No. 209 are among the 30+ participants-- and it's an open bar. But wait, there's more! LTB readers get a $20 discount on admission, bringing the cost of a regular ticket to $30 and a VIP pass to $55. Just use the code 7x7 at the event website. (Saturday, March 12, 6-9 pm VIP, 7-9 pm general admission, at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., Nob Hill.)

2. Johnnie Walker Tasting: Like Scotch? You'll want to get in on Johnnie Walker's series of private tastings, which they're offering gratis multiple times over the course of the weekend. Sign up on their website to get in on the action, but be sure to show up early-- an RSVP doesn't guarantee entry, and spots are limited. (Wednesday, March 9- Saturday, March 12, various times, at Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Fillmore Mardi Gras: Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Fillmore's second annual block party, where numerous restaurants will be serving New Orleans-style cuisine and hosting live bands. The drink deals are numerous, including $3 Abitas and $6 Sazeracs at 1300 on Fillmore, 23-ounce pints of Abita SOS for $6 at Fat Angel, $4 and $5 drink specials at Gussie's Chicken and Waffles, and $6 Leblon cachaca cocktails at Sheba Piano Lounge. (Tuesday, March 8, 6 pm-12 am, in the Fillmore District.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Food and Thought: The "Now Playing" series at SFMOMA continues to offer one of the best fusions of cheap drinks, culture, and tasty food in town, with $5 small plates from the likes of Coi and Local: Mission Eatery, an art collaboration with Noise Pop, and complimentary Trumer Pils and Scribe wine. All this can be yours for a half-price museum admission; members get in free. (Thursday, November 24, 6-8 pm, at SFMOMA Rooftop Garden, 151 3rd St., SOMA.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Cocktail College at Bar Adagio: The latest installment of Bar Adagio's Cocktail College is this Thursday, and as always, tuition is free. Ketel One vodka is the sponsor this time around, and drinkers will be able to sample a few vodka cocktails before being set loose to make two of their own. RSVP here. (Thursday, February 10, 6-8 pm, at Bar Adagio, 550 Geary St., Union Square.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Pisco Sour Day at La Mar: This Saturday is Pisco Sour Day, and to celebrate, three local bars that specialize in the Peruvian spirit are offering deals on one of its classic cocktails. La Mar's is made with Pisco Quebranta, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters, and will go for $5 all day on Friday and Saturday. It's a deal that's hard to sour on. (Friday, February 4, 11:30 am-close, and Saturday, February 5, 12 pm-close, at La Mar Cebicheria, Pier 1.5, Embarcadero.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Waterbar and Epic's 3rd Anniversary: The twin titans of the Embarcadero, Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse, are on their way out of the terrible twos. Celebrate with them on Friday afternoon, when all of their usual happy-hour drink offerings will be available for just $3. Three, as it turns out, is the magic number. (Thursday, January 27, 3-6:30 pm, at Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, and Epic Roasthouse, 369 The Embarcadero.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Tequila Tuesday at Maya: If you like tequila (and who doesn't?), mark the last Tuesday of the month on your calendar. For the next three months, Maya will be lining up a prominent distiller (this month is Espolon) for a sampling extravaganza. For a mere $10, attendees get three tequila tastings, a margarita, and access to a buffet of Mexican bar bites. Reservations are recommended, so get cracking. (Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 pm, at Maya, 303 2nd St., SOMA.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Ironside's Bottomless Brunch: If you're looking for a hangover helper, Ironside has introduced a cheap and tasty option: $16 buys access to an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, with the standard french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and grits, plus a few fun twists like ceviche, fried plantains, and bread pudding. Best of all, you can wash brunch down with $10 bottomless mimosas, or a build-your-own bloody mary bar. (Saturdays and Sundays starting January 15th, 10 am-2 pm, at Ironside, 680A 2nd St., SOMA.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Yelp's Holiday Hangover: Instead of throwing a single crazy holiday party, Yelp has decided to spread the wealth by throwing five. (We won't tell them that the holidays are over if you won't.) Each night will feature a different theme, from Casino Night to the Seven Deadly Sins, with free Widmer beer, Skyy vodka, and wine tastings. Head over to their site to choose your poison (you only get to attend one), and try to keep the "Hangover" part as fictional as the "Holiday" one. (Sunday, January 9-Thursday, January 13, 8-10 pm, at Payne Mansion, 1409 Sutter St., Pacific Heights.)

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